OBITUARY

Louis E. Ernest

July 1, 1941September 23, 2021
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Ernest, Louis E., of Bradenton, Florida passed away on September 23, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 80 yrs old. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on July 1, 1941. He lived in Annapolis, MD the majority of his life where he owned & worked for Ernest Hardware and later as a Mortgage Broker. He moved to Tampa, Fl in Spring of 1997 then moved to Lakewood Ranch in Bradenton, FL in March 2001, where he resided for the remainder of his life. He graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in 1959. He also attended University of Maryland. Louis was a 32nd Mason then a Shriner while in Maryland. He was a member of Camp Springs Presbyterian Church. He was actively involved in the West Virginia University Alumni Tampa Bay Chapter along with the Men’s Group, The Juntos, of Sarasota, Fl.

Louis enjoyed all sports, collegiate & professional teams. Some favorite followings were The Masters Tournament, Washington Capitals, WVU & University of MD football as well as basketball games. He especially enjoyed watching the Washington Redskins with the family!

He is survived by his daughters Diana Lee Ernest of Lutz, Fl and Holly Lynn Ernest & his precious granddaughter, Hailey Noelle, both of Bradenton, Fl..

Funeral arrangements will be held at Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home, 170 Honore Ave., Sarasota, Fl 34232 Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Visitation is from 2-4pm followed by a celebration of life service at 4pm.

An additional Service will be held at Grisell’s Funeral Home, 1 Ridgecrest Rd., Bethlehem/Wheeling, West Virginia 26003, followed by an interment at Greenwood Cemetery. Please contact Grisell’s Funeral Home at 304-232-0400 for date & time of this service.

  • FAMILY

  • Diana Ernest, Daughter
  • Holly Ernest, Daughter
  • Hailey Ernest, Granddaughter

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Memories

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Ken Avery

October 4, 2021

Louis and I had our differences growing up but he also was the father I never had in some ways. Growing up he taught us to ski at the local ski resorts. The first one was Seven Springs, PA. I still remember driving his Lincoln Continental to the top of one of the resorts and having to put my weights in his trunk to try and weigh it down. There was a lot of ice on the road, so it was a miracle we made it to the top. I also remember going “shopping” at Mr. Ernest’s when the store was closed and it was late at night. Thank you Louis for always being so giving. You were one of a kind for sure!

Rusty Van Voorhis

October 4, 2021

Holly & Diana,

So many of my fond Annapolis memories have your Father in them. He was so much fun to be around. Our times together at McGarvey's, on his boat and at Redskin games will always bring a smile to my face. I will miss him greatly.

May you find comfort in your memories of him.

Rusty

Ricki Ernest

October 4, 2021

Dear Louis,

THANKS FOR ALL THE MEMORIES OF OUR 19 YEARS AS A COUPLE. YOU SHARED WITH ME RECENTLY HOW MUCH YOU LOVED LOOKING BACK ON OUR MANY
SKI TRIPS, EVEN THE ONES THAT WERE A DISASTER!REMEMBER LAKE TAHOE
WHEN KEITH GOT SUNBURN ON HIS EARS AND HAD TO GO TO THE DOCTOR?
SO MUCH FUN!THOSE ARE THE MEMORIES I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH.

LOVE,
RICKI

Susan Weber

October 1, 2021

Lou,
What a lot of great memories we have together.
You will be missed by us all.
May you now rest in peace.
Love Susie & John

Kari (Phillips) Ehrenfried

September 29, 2021

Holly, Diana,

I am so sorry to hear of Lou’s passing. I have very fond memories of his visits back to Wheeling and also visiting him in Annapolis and Florida. Thinking of you all.

Kari (Phillips) Ehrenfried

Diana Ernest

September 28, 2021

Dad and PaPa,
You will forever be in our hearts and memories. It is comforting to know that you are with your parents (Jessie & Eugene)and beloved dog Buddy. May you rest in eternal peace. We love dearly and will miss you!

Love,
Diana, Holly & Hailey

Jim Kosco

September 27, 2021

Good bye to a good friend, I will miss the times we watched Golf and Football together. You will be greatly missed.

Jim